He pottered back to the fireplace, and rubbed his shoulders reflectively against the mantelpiece.
What did they think about, these women, as they pottered about?
The horse was a knackers body, a sorry spectacle, and in that climate he but pottered about waiting for disease to take him.
After a time he pottered to his feet, and strolled out into the garden.
They pottered about just beyond rifle shot, and their numbers were slightly increased.
He made me sick wi' the way he pottered an' played the fool about the invention.
That night Rosamund undressed very slowly and "pottered about" in her room, doing dreamily unnecessary things.
Vanderzee pottered at his books behind the bar, smoking a china pipe.
Still sneering, he got up and pottered about in slippers and pyjamas till he had stirred together the fire and made himself cocoa.
By th' twenty-first, I reckon, he'll be pottered in his brains how to get 'em done in time.
"maker of pots" (they also sometimes doubled as bell-founders), late Old English pottere "potter," reinforced by Old French potier "potter," agent noun from root of pot (n.1). As a surname from late 12c. Potter's field (1520s) is Biblical, a ground where clay suitable for pottery was dug, later purchased by high priests of Jerusalem as a burying ground for strangers, criminals, and the poor (Matt. xxvii:7). An older Old English word for "potter" was crocwyrhta "crock-wright."
"occupy oneself in a trifling way," 1740, earlier "to poke again and again" (1520s), frequentative of obsolete verb poten "to push, poke," from Old English potian "to push" (see put (v.)). Sense of "occupy oneself in a trifling way" is first recorded 1740. Related: Pottered; pottering.